A judge at London's High Court says he doesn't trust the Americans who used to own Liverpool as they pursue legal action over the enforced sale of the club.
Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr. lost control of Liverpool in what they claimed was an ''epic swindle'' by club directors and a bank in October 2010.
The Boston Red Sox ownership group bought the 18-time English champions for a cut-price 300 million pounds (then $476 millions).
Judge Peter Smith told lawyers representing Hicks and Gillett: ''I do not trust your clients,'' claiming they have demonstrated ''if it suits them they will abuse the process.''
Smith won't grant Hicks and Gillett full access to private documents in the litigation over fears about ''potential misconduct.''